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. >> in europe, google faces anti-competition measures. >>> in the united states, ben bernanke gets ready to outline an exit strategy to a skeptical congress. >> a warm welcome to "worldwide exchange." i'm chloe cho in asia. it's just past 5:00 p.m. in singapore. let's check on where the asian markets are wrapping up the trading day. mostly weaker today on the back of weaker consumer confidence numbers. and toyota lows taking the nikkei lower by 1.5%. the hang seng off 0.75%. on the other hand, we have the shanghai composite erasing all of its earlier losses, pushing higher by 1.3%. a lot of speculation in small cap stops and what may be linked to the national people's congress set to kick off next friday. other markets are weaker, the kospi down 1%. the bombay sensex has been trading around the front line. the aussie market asterisk comes off the table, a lot of commodities and resources lower. the s&p/asx 200 down .5%. let's check on the ftse cnbc global 300. slightly off 0.4% at 4,315. good morning, becky. >> good morning. it's about 10:00 on the continent. european markets have been t
>>> tonight on "the kudlow report," the washington snowstorm shut down congress. but ben bernanke released his new testimony, anyway. investors caught a chill on the news, and distinguished money expert john taylor has his own expert strategy rebuttal to bolster ben's manhood. you don't want to miss this one. >>> they're bearing gifts to the greece bailout problem. will the bailout issue ever end? >>> google is at war with china and now they're being thrown out of iran. they think they can stifle free speech, but i think the old human desire for freedom and democracy will still win out in the end. >>> has obama flipped out on greedy bonuses and business support? well, liberal columnist paul cra craigman is horrified, he thinks we're doomed. fasten your seat belts, everybody, "the kudlow report" starts now. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm larry kudlow. welcome back to "the kudlow report" where we believe free market kamt capitalism is the b path to prosperity. >>> our lead story tonight is fed head ben bernanke's leader to congress. how is he going to stop the zero interest rate mo
. >> in the united states, the spotlight shines today, ben bernanke is back on the hill and president obama's high profile health care summit. >> hello there. a warm welcome to "worldwide exchange." it's chloe cho in asia where it's just past 5:00 p.m. in singapore. a similar scene that we saw as yesterday, of course, investors picking up on bernanke's comments. going forward, could be weak. of course, we had some weak housing numbers, as well, along with disappointing consumer confidence this week. take a look at the damage report. the yen is not helping. nor are the toyota woes. the hang seng, slightly off the shanghai composite. we did have the auction yield on three-month bills along with one-year bills earlier this week that left those yields unchanged. a lot of investors seem to be thinking that perhaps this could be a sign the pboc is taking it easy as far as tightening is concerned. as for the other markets, the kospi down 1.6%. the bombay sensex is pretty much right along the flat line and the aussie market lower by 1.2%, back below that key 4,600 level and take a look at the ftse cnbc gl
morning. i'm mark haines. >> i'm erin burnett. front and center, benjamin s. bernanke. >> yes. >> will be testifying in front of the house financial services committee about the economy and anything else they want to talk about. that'll be live in an hour. >> how about the exit strategy? imagine there will be some questions about that. the sec meets on possibly curbing short sales. huge issue for the market. full details coming up. >> and president obama meeting with key business leaders. it's all happening during this show. we've got a lot of breaking news, big headlines for you. we will be all over it, mark. how are your futures? >> not too good. >> no. >> up 0.70. we get a little break here because we closed a point above fair value. but, you know, looking at maybe 15, 20 points on the dow at the open. let's hit the markets. peel back the layers of the onion starting with brian shactman at the big board. >> thank you. listen, asia and europe were pretty mixed. germany, their economy in an absolute standstill. doint need to go over bernanke and all things going on in d.c. wi
because of the greece situation, and also because fed chief ben bernanke is saying that they're going to look into the swaps specifically with goldman. so that is an issue, of course, as well. i want to bring in brian shactman who has been down here all day and tracking all of this action. a very big day, indeed, brian. let's talk about the economic situation and how the jobless claims are affecting this market. >> the truth is when americans woke up today, we will have a negative open because of europe. the concerns over greece, of course, made the euro softer and the dollar strengthen. we've had a real correlation with the dollar and the euro in eshgsz kitties and jobless claims hit and it was muted and boom, we bottomed out and they were a concern today and we have traders saying this is a 70% greece and the others is saying 100% about jobs. a lot of earnings and there's a big, big deal that we want to talk about today as well. >> coca-cola enterprises. this had been to some extent, somewhat expected within the m&a community. when you see a deal like this a multibillion deal, one w
anywhere on the globe. and then helicopter ben bernanke is going to capitol hill this week with a new blueprint for tighter money known as "paying interest on excess bank reserves." i don't buy it but we'll debate it. >>> and finally, the obama jobs plan which i call stimulus 2.0, full of gimmicks and high tax-job destroyers. i'll use my best right hook against the left jabs of mark walsh and david goodfriend two of my favorite liberal pals. fasten your seatbelts, everybody. "the kudlow report" begins right now. >>> good evening. i'm larry kudlow and welcome back where we believe freed market capitalism is the best path to prosperity. let's begin with tonight's money politics message. i'm trying hard to be optimistic about economic recovery in america and for that matter, around the world. in my world, optimism always beats pessimism every time. despite wayward policies from washington i still believe in the cyclical recovery scenario here at home. but the growing debt problem in the u.s., europe and elsewhere is starting to sack confidence in the optimistic growth scenario and i have
call." i am trish regan and we are 09 minutes into today's trading. market lower amid ben bernanke's comments and we'll talk about the fed's exit strategy and what it means for your money right now. hey there, larry. >> hey, trish. i'm larry kudlow, conflicting reports on whether there's a european plan to bail out greece. we'll have a live report from brussels and we'll discuss what needs to be done right here. good morning, melissa. >> as toyota's problems mount we ask are cars just too overengineered and sophisticated computers doing more harm than good. this is "the call" on cnbc. >>> it looked like it was going to be a positive day on this snowy morning in new york city as traders remained optimistic that there would be a bailout for greece, but then germany said there was no imminent plan and the rallies stalled and after ben bernanke announced the fed's exit strategy. take a look at how the s&p 500 is trading. it is down seven points on the day and it's two-thirds of a percentage point. take a look at the dow, it's down 59, almost 60 points and that's 0.1% and sitting below
. >> but they will be -- >> who will they be? >> ben bernanke. >> okay. senate banking committee. president holds a key health care meeting. that's why we have the white house. what else? >> snow in the northeast. it started as rain this morning for many this morning who are watching but it has turned into thick -- >> wet, heavy. >> idyllic if you're looking to -- >> don't shovel this stuff. >> well, good morning, everyone. it's good to be with you. we're here, glad you're here. i'm erin burnett. >> i'm mark haines. >> it says i'm market haines. i want everyone to know it's funny. >> yes, i noticed that. also front and center the number of u.s. workers filing initial claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week. >> coca-cola striking a deal to buy the north american operations of its largest bottler. you just saw the ceo there. >> heinz posted $231 million profit. a lot of ketchup. >> futures are sad. >> not good. >> part of the reason for the sadness was an unexpected jump in unemployment claims. >> hum. >> much bigger jump than anticipated. a lot of people are looking through it and saying i
, will they or won't they? the bailout chatter for greece intensifies. >> and here in the united states, ben bernanke will set out the fed's exit plan today but will likely make jobs clear, we'll still be in the car for some time to come. >> and welcome to "worldwide exchange." i'm christine tan in singapore where it's 5:00 p.m. in the city. let's get a view of where the asian markets have closed today. a lot of hopes pengd on the european union. they might come up with a plan to bail out greece. the nikkei 225 is up marginally. toyota continues to be focused. that stock climbing despite anal announcement that it's recalling another set of cars. the shanghai market up more than 1%. a lot of positive comments out in the country about strong import data and export data and that's helping to lift sentiment in china. the kos pit is moving up flat. people and investors are staying on the sidelines. the bombay sensex is trading down 0.5% and the aussie market is pretty much flat, up 0.2%. the ftse cnbc global 300 up 8 points, 4,243. ross, good to see you. >> hey, christine. we're very much focused on the w
not agreed to anything yet. >> and ben bernanke will be releasing his ideas on how the fed is going to pull back from its current role of propping up the economy in every way, shape, and form. we're going to have that live at 10:00. i know his comments are coming out, mark. i'm not sure if he's actually going to physically be there because you know in washington it's a little snow. what are they going to do? >> i think they now have a total of 50, five zero, inches on the ground. >> yeah, yeah. >> we also have big snow issues in new york, baltimore, philadelphia, airports closed, schools closed. it's a real mess. this is a live picture. >> wow. >> well, it was a live picture of reagan national airport. it is empty. >> that's amazing. it really is. mark, you know i remember when there was a forecast of snow things would be shut down and called off and to your point pretty incredible what has been going on there. snowmageddon. that's an amazing picture, live. no one at the airport. >>> the futures right now are plus 0.70 on the s&ps. we needed 1.42 to get to fair value. so it's very close to
. bernanke's testimony was released this morning. on outlining an exit plan, the market pretty much took a slide. a lot of things that told about -- heard about. the 10-year auction did not go too well. rick santelli will have more on that, partly because of the low volume, because of the storm. as the storm's intensified here in the northeast i know that traders are concerned about getting home and we've seen volumes get lower. financials have been the standout all day and really moved us into positive territory midday. jpmorgan, bank of america very strong. and strong that perhaps metlife set to buy its alcoa unit. energy and materials have gone back and forth as the dollar has gone back and forth. dollar lost ground midday. we saw them gained and now they're losing again as the dollar is stronger got and also got disappointing outlooks from lothan mentel. the super markets, maybe one of the benefactors to watch as far as the storms. their stocks today are doing pretty well. a friend of mine sent me picture it is from washington area super market chains there, calling them, so be it, s
, as well, and nursing losses from the federal reserve chief ben bernanke. we've got all the details. christine, we're waiting for the timing. >> that's right. let's see the properties expect of a package for gooes, is it having any impact on the euro right now? euro/dollar, 1.3763. euro is higher against sterling, 0.8841. euro/dollar 1.3763. dollar/yen, standing at 90 evening. a lot of eyes on what will happen with the package. nicole. >> the snowstorm may gone in the i'd, but it's reeking havoc in the east coast, especially in washington. government offices are closed for a fourth straight day at the estimated cost of $100 million in lost productivity. the senate will be back in session this afternoon, but no votes are scheduled. the weekly u.s. inventory data which normally comes out on wednesday has been postponed again until friday. january retail sales in december business inventories which were supposed to come out today have moved to friday. we still get weekly jobless claims at 8:30 new york time and they're forecast to drop by 12,000 to a total of had 68,000. >>> pepsi corp
? >> a lot of speculation about the ecb and real quickly, i just want to mention that the bernanke hearing for tomorrow has been postponed. the expectation is that that is related to weather issues, of course. we've got a big storm coming our way here on the east coast. in the meantime we're looking at a market that's been up triple digits. up 99 and 100 as i speak and this is primarily because there is hope that, in fact, greece's problems may be somewhat tempered by the european union coming in and doing some kind of rescue, some kind of bailout. i want to bring in bob pisani. we've got a lot to talk about, bob. first, bernanke hearing. >> it's just because of the snow, there's nothing else going on. it's that simple and that makes a lot of sense and that's what traders have been saying and we're waiting for an official reason. >> mr. trichet is on his way back from sydney as we speak a day early and a lot of people are putting their hopes on him coming forward with some kind of plan. >> it's actually moved the markets. remember in '92 with the treat they created the whole euro, and gree
the toyota hearing that we've been watching here on cnbc. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke also telling congress today that interest rates are likely to remain low for an extended period of time to support the economic recovery. that's what really set the tone for stocks today and saw a rally in the market by 91 reports. cnbc's reporter steve liesman has more. >> reporter: fed chairman ben bernanke said those magical words that markets wanted to hear today, that the fed would stay exceptionally low for an extended period. he said that before but market his their doubts after fed hiked discount rate last week and the treasury, then, revived a program that helps the fed train liquidity. that is ultimate lie a program that could make financial conditions tougher. bernanke attempted to be crystal-clear on fed policy. >> the fomc continues to anticipate that economic condition conditions including low rates or resource utilization subdued in inflation trends and stabile expectations are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels of the federal funds rate for an extended period. >> reporter:
on a bailout for the debt-strapped country. >>> on exit strategy, ben bernanke unveiling his plan for the fed's next move. and the house of mouse, disney posting strong quarterly results and investors are responding. a cnbc exclusive with ceo bob ieger, "squawk box" begins right now. >> good morning, everybody. welcome to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm becky quick. joe and carl are out today. steve liesman is spending the week on set with me and this morning we are joined by "fortune" magazine editor andy soerwer. >> good to be here. >> meantime, wall street is bracing for a winter storm this morning as the second snowstorm in a week descend eds on new york. washington, philadelphia, they are expected to be hit and hit hard. the federal government in washington is closed for a third straight day at an estimated cost of $100 million in lust productivity. government offices in boston, baltimore and philadelphia all announcing that they will be closed. congress, by the way, is canceling votes and rescheduling hearings. the united nations headquarters in new york city shutting down schools all th
by a blueprint coming out from bernanke this week on a plan for credit tightening? >> now, you know, this is the usual thing, nicole, bernanke will come out and he'll have to be careful what he says. he has been saying we'll have an exit policy but not yet. exit policy means look at my finger. higher interest rates. it's like saying the market correctors. was it wrong before? the exit policy is when we're going to see higher interest rates in the united states and of course the markets right now don't want to hear about that. bernanke is saying when the time is appropriate will include interest rates because the markets will want to know when is the appropriate time. can you spell out what's going to happen? the problem is guess what? we're having low unemployment so what if we have low unemployment the month after that? will that be the appropriate signal? >> there we go. andrew freris to stay with us. we'll get you some headlines making news right now. meanwhile, around the world, in the united states, the head of the world's largest bond fund says 2010 will be a year of sovereign
, a guy who's equivalent of ben bernanke he hurried back. the moment he booked that ticket the hedge funds figured he was going to solve the crisis and that's when they started rallying. y yun -- can you believe it? you just need to find out who his travel agent is and book your trade accordingly. if we knew he's on the case, we're less concerned about a collapse in europe and we recognize that he isn't about to cut off the stimulus that's so crucial to getting europe which has the worst economies in the world going in the right direction. if the stock market stimulus thing is still with us, then we're not going to slink back into a worldwide slowdown. trichet's travel interruption was so powerful it was able to do something i have not seen happen since the year began, maybe even earlier, and that is the stock market did not go down when the baron chief president obama spoke on tv. way to go, trichet. now, i know about zorba the greek than greek bonds. i get the gist of trichet's move -- memo to trichet on his travel plans, make sure they're never on a sunday because the markets aren't ope
, fed chairman ben bernanke has returned to capitol hill this morning. and investors are looking for more clues on the central bank's next move. and the markets at this hour have u.s. equity futures under a bit of pressure after yesterday's rebound as "squawk box" begins right now. >> welcome to "squawk box" right here on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with joe kernen at the cnbc world headquarters. carl is in washington this morning where president obama is hosting a televised health care summit. we'll have more from carl on that story. but joe, that's not the only news in washington today. >> no, it's not. we may pipe in that music with carl down there and he'll be looking good. he'll have his jacket on. >> he always looks good. >> yes, he does. also in washington, carl is there, but also this other guys that's going to show up. that's not really what all the scuttlebutt is going to be about down there. it's about carl. but ben bernanke will come back and testify on the hill today. yesterday he pledged to continue record low interest rates for, in his words, an extended period. >>
. >> if you want to keep jobs here, you have to find a way to incentivize corporations. bernanke's height rate plan. we will take a look at the policy shift. >> it costs $150 billion a year to treat alzheimer's. medivation is helping find a cure. the stock is up 80% of the year. their ceo joins us about their late stage development drug. >>> the fed is set to unveil its rate hike plan. it is going to be a delicate balancing act for policymakers. steve liesman heads big reporting on this story for weeks, months, maybe years, joins us now with the very latest update. steve, what are they cooking up? >> you know, the question, you know, fed chairman goes to the hill wednesday. the question is whether we will hear anything new from the considerable talk from the fed already about the exit strategies which we reported quite a bit. fed has been transparent about the plans to unwind easy policies. not necessarily in one place. the reason the fed wants to let markets know what it is cooking up for the piece. but afraid too much talk to believe war over the financial cries sis over. the fed does want t
much, sharon. we're not getting as much volatility today as yesterday although ben bernanke's tax did get a little movement. if you look at two-year yield it's slightly elevated and you look at the curve it's know changed. there's a potential for an exit strategy as depicted by that text. if you look at the next chart, indeed the euro versus the dollar has been mostly down, but it is bouncing back a bit especially in the last hour or so, keeping up with the headlines and some of those headlines, hey, the checks didn't have a good day and they sold an additional 150 million u.s. equivalent of their 15 year. they wanted to sell more, but portugal had better luck selling u.s. equipment of the 4 billion of ten-year note and let's hop across the pond and rebecca me ham. >> let's take a check of what's happening in europe and it's all about greece. no surprise there and we check on the fotse, the cac and the dax. 2.4% higher for greek eiquities today. we know we've had the european finance chiefsi having a conference call today. the ecb governing body is having a call tonight and tomorrow a
't paying attention. my lead of the bernanke speech was discount rate to be hiked. my lead on the minutes was -- >> it sounds like -- >> let me finish, melissa, just be clear, my sources are telling me in the wake of this that the concept there's another bit to come is not necessarily true. they may stop here. so the idea that somehow they're just beginning this process of going back to 100 over on the fed funds is not true. it's out there in a lot of stuff. they may stop here. >> rich bernstein -- >> i want to ask both of you. do you think fed funds december 31, 2010 will be higher than they are today? >> well, let me answer that question and put it back to you. the typical forecast, is that the unemployment rate will be 9.5% or higher. also, that the inflation rate over the last year will be 1 to 1.25%. i have to ask you if you think at that point the fed would begin to tighten? you tell me. >> first of all, i think the bond market will -- i don't think the bond market looks at core. i hate to argue with on you this one, but if we find the inflation rate starts breaking 3, 3.5, we break
year. government spending has done next to nothing. bernanke still has no real strategy. we're going to get to all of that with our market panel. who joins us now to talk about these many events of the week. we have peter morici of university of maryland. dan fitzpatrick and john carney returns. you know, dr. frolick, i want to begin with you. not greece, not the euro, not the snows, nothing really week.d stocks from going up the market has peaked in mid january and hasn't moved much in many months. but the fact remains, things may not be so bad. weigh in. >> i think it comes down to earnings, larry. we got some great efshgs. across the board, time warner, ann taylor, a look at comcast, even moodie and sony, it wasn't just earnings, larry, it was top-level revenue growth. the big picture, when you look at china, understand even with them slowing down, when they slowed down the first time, china banks still let $2 billion this january. third highest on record. as investors you have to realize this is money already in pipeline. when you think of china mustard seeds, larry, they're abou
up at a senate hearing today with fed chairman ben bernanke. >> we have a situation in which major financial institutions are amplifying a public crisis for what would appear to be for private gain. i want to ask you here whether or not you think there ought to be limits on the use of credit default swaps to prevent the intentional creation of runs against governments. do you have any quick comments on that? >> using these instruments in a way that intentionally destabilizes a company or a country is... is counterproductive, and i'm sure the sec will be looking into that. we'll certainly be evaluating what we can learn from the activities of the holding companies that we supervise here in the u.s. and joining me with the latest on all this is roben farzhad, senior writer for "bloomberg business week" magazine. in general terms first, what exactly is chairman bernanke promising to look into? >> this has for the better part of the decade been the great big unknown, this world of derivatives which are largely unregulated secondary investment vehicles. they're almost train of thought.
't you tell us what you think after hearing a couple days of bernanke's testimony on the hill. does it change your outlook on what the fed is doing? >> no, as long as they use the magic words, extended period, we know the fed will be on hold for at least six months. that's what bill dudley told us. he said extended period was the language the fed has put in the policy statement, means at least six months. it was a phrase repeated by st. louis fed president bullard recently. so whenever bernanke puts his word in on it as well, we can feel assured that the fed is not likely to move for at least six months. the fed needs to be very clear at this day and age. so if they're telling us that that's what extended period means, that's what it means. and so, until there's some other clarifying comments, that's what we have to go on. >> we had somebody who told us yesterday that maybe they could move 25, 50 basis points. it's not the extended period but they're focusing on the incredibly low rates. either one of you guys quily think that's the case? >> the focus is on the extraordinary program
a year. we'll have full details in tonight's "market focus". as ben bernanke was sworn in for a second term today, the federal reserve chairman said he was focused on protecting the agency's independence. bernanke said that independence is key to keeping monetary policy focused on the long-term interests of the american people, and not political whims. >> susie: you've probably noticed that the prices you're paying at the pump are holding steady these days. but can we count on them to stay that way? well, that all depends on what happens to the price of oil. and, as suzanne pratt reports, forecasts for oil prices in 2010 are all over the map. >> reporter: at this gas station in midtown manhattan, gas prices are among the highest in the nation. whether they spike even higher, head lower, or stay in the same range this year depends on who you ask. j.p. morgan's lawrence eagles expects crude prices, which dictate gas prices, to climb higher. that's after averaging between $72 and $76 a barrel in the first half this year. >> moving higher in the second half, up to $88 by the end of the yea
" lending now that financial market conditions are improving. >> tom: so what are ben bernanke and company thinking? where does the fed go from here? and what does it mean for the cost of credit? we get some insight from a fed watcher and a market pro. you're watching "nightly business report" for thursday, february 18. this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program was made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> susie: good evening, everyone. the federal reserve took the first step today to bring the banking system back to normal. right after the market close, the fed announced it's raising the interest rate it charges banks by a quarter of a percentage point. >> tom: susie, the so-called "discount rate" is used by banks for emergency loans, and was cut drastically during the financial crisis. the fed raised that rate today, saying in a statement it's time to "normalize" lending now that financial market conditions are improving. >> susie: tom, the fed's move sounds
at worldfocus.org. >>> in this country federal reserve chairman ben bernanke said today he's looking into weather goldman sachs and other wall street firms may have helped push greece toward financial ruin. the issue is is the use of those credit default swaps, th serve as an insurance against risk and let the banks gamble that greece might default on its debt. ultimately they make it more expensive for greece to borrow money. greece's debt crisis played out on the streets as well. thousands took part in a protest yesterd yesterday. such a default would be among the first of the 16 country that is use the euro as currency. questions are being raised about how the situation was allowed to get so out of control in the first place. for more on that, we are joined once again by a senior writer for bloomberg business week. >> hi martin. >> this is a little confusing, let's try to follow along. there have been reports of several american financial service companies, how they helped greece mask how bad the financial situation was in that country. how did that work? >> on a day-to-day level,
for the world economy if they do. >> what about the drama around ben bernanke. he was confirmed for a second term in the senate as chairman of the federal reserve. was it justified? is that deserved? separate three, fed kept interest rates unchanged. any surprises? >> well, it would have been pretty scary if they hadn't confirmed him. i mean, what it would say is congress wants to run the fed. there are other good candidates but ben has done a great job the last year especially, and it just wouldn't have been good for congress or for the institution if he wasn't. >> laura? >> i agree completely. this has been tied up with discussions that many members of congress have about really trying to weaken or take power away from the fed. >> are you concerned about the independence of the fed? >> i am. i am absolutely. >> why? tell me. >> congress got a look at what it can do. congress knew it could set interest rates but oh, my gosh they can print a couple trillion dollars of debt. they can buy consumer loans. we don't want someone to have that kind of power. so it makes them want to get in on that
an exit strategy to tighten credit once the economy picks up. chairman ben bernanke outlined what the fed could do but not when it would do it. the move would include raising the discount rate was what the fed charges for loans it makes directly to banks. it could also boost the interest rates it charges on excess reserves. money that they keep at the fed. that would give banks more incentive to keep money there and less incentive to lend which, of course, would in turn, increase consumer rates and slow down lending and the economy. earning season is slowing down but two consumer giants reported this week. consumer giant disney beat analysts' expectations while coca-cola met analyst's predictions. even though the debt crisis in europe may sound obscure, it's important to america and the markets in the u.s. to explain why and what could happen next, the ceo and co-cio of pimco, the world's largest bond fund. muhammad, always wonderful to have you on the program. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, maria. >> let's talk about these concerns about the debt in greece which, of course, has
. >>> meanwhile, federal reserve chairman ben bernanke on the hill today as well, responding to a news article that goldman sachs and other major investment banks were shorting the very greek debt that they were helping the country issue. senior economics reporter steve liesman now with that story. >> reporter: maria, thanks. fed chairman ben bernanke said that the fed is examining the actions of goldman sachs and other banks surrounding two issues. first, whether the bank helped sell debt that essentially allowed greece to disguise the true amount of its debt, and second, whether it was appropriate for them to be essentially shorting that debt through the derivatives known as credit default swaps. >> we are looking into a number of questions relating to goldman sachs and other companies and in their derivative's arrangements with greece, and on this issue as well. as you know credit default swaps are properly used as hedging instruments -- >> i agree. >> we, the s.e.c., of course, has been interested in this issue. obviously, using these instruments in a way that intentionally destabilizes a
was widely expected. ben bernanke came out last week saying a hike was coming, but many economists thought that the fed would at least wait until the next policy meeting next month. and in its statement, the fed says that the economic outlook does remain the same, reiterating that the benchmark rate will sustain for a period and that was echoed by the atlanta fed president, st. louis fed president and fed funds futures are pricing in a 25% chance of a rate hike by the end of the year. checking shares of u.s. bank in frankfurt, down across the board with citi lower, 1.4%. morgan stanley down 2.7%. ross. >> yeah. meanwhile, nicole, european stock markets ahead of the u.s. open, they've short of taken it mostly in their stride. we've had a sunny bit of green on the board this morning. we've dipped down slightly, off about .25% for the ftse 100. a little more for the german and french markets. smi, as we heard earlier, really good numbers from nestle, talking about growth in asia, so doing all the sort of things that james bev aan next to me likes. and the dollar has come off the highs on the
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talking about bernanke in how the suggestion that rates will stay low for a long time, it was a positive for this market. >> i think so. i think that you're seeing a lot of sloppiness in a market without a lot of conviction. for my money i think that the two buzz words are exit strategy for 2010 and the sovereign risk and we've seen the risk. the euro gets their own structural problems but i think that the chinese implementing their exit strategy in the beginning of this year has kind of set the tone. bernanke's going to stay liquid, he's going to stay accomodated for a good long time and that's a mixed message. the fed's really not going to tighten, not going to make things difficult for us and then again the credit and the economy still needs a little bit support. we kind of grind out 2010, i think that we end up higher on the year but it's going to be a tough road down. >> so, do we end higher overall, you say? >> i think so in the u.s. >> substantially higher? >> i think high single digits will probably be a reasonable expectations. >> and what would be the way given the various fact
. people like alan greenspan and ben bernanke gave us the largest downturn since the great depression. that is why we have a huge budget deficit. we didn't have a huge tax cuts. we had stimulus and response to the downturn. we have higher unemployment if we have not had that but let's be clear if we are upset about the deficit greenspan and bernanke, i don't know why we reappointed bernanke. in terms of the entitlement programs, yeah we have a public pension program, which is hugely popular. you look at polling day that-- i was at a conference this morning in social security is over 90%. they ask people would you be willing to pay higher taxes to sustain sosa security benefits and 70 to 80% said yes. i don't see any problem with running a pension program through the public sector. what is the problem with the? it is usually popular. health care costs, medicare again. we are providing medicare health care benefits for seniors. that is also hugely popular. you have these tea party people out there yelling don't let the government touch medicare. they are anti-government but they want me
do you regret? where did you look back and say "that was the wrong call, by me, geithner, bernanke"? >> charlie i've thought about this a lot and i'm going to give you a number of mistakes i think i was involved in making. but the in 20/20 hindsight, the major decisions we made, i'm totally convinced, were the right calls and they were made in the face of unprecedented challenges with really imperfect tools without the authorities we needed in the middle of a very challenging political period with an election coming. and the reason i they is they worked and they prevented the collapse. so most of what is cited as mistakes were really things we had no control over. for instance, i would like to have seen the a.i.g. problem coming earlier. but there was no regulator that had responsibility for the whole institution and we just didn't have a clear line of sight and we didn't... we didn't have the information. i do not want to have lehman fail. i knew that would be a bad thing and we worked very hard to prevent it. but we didn't have the authorities to prevent the failure of he plan. .
of weeks, barack obama has crossed a rubicon. he had a chance to get rid of ben bernanke and replace him with someone like john taylor. he had a chance to get rid of tim geithner. he didn't do that. >> okay, peter, it sounds like a series of things in your view. i have got leave it there. we have breaking news over at the breaking news desk. steve? >> thanks very much. we have talked to senator she y shelby's office. his office is telling us the senator shelby still believes that regulatory reform bill is still possible this year. they reveal there has been an area of agreement that we didn't know about that they agreed on the idea of a consolidated regulator. where the disagreement is over the issue of consumer protection. dodd wants consumer protection part of the agency to write its own rules. shelby said consumer protection rules must coordinate with safety and soundness. no agreement on resolution authority and other areas. dodd says there is an impasse that doesn't mean that regulatory reform is dead. shelby's office believes it is possible. >> tax issues, health care, still very
me, i'm chaled. >> and what are you expecting to hear from bernanke on capitol hill tomorrow? you say restraint is needed. why and when? >> well, you know, the reason i think that restraint is needed is because i think that he may be getting a little bit behind the curve. the reason i say that is a lot of the so-called leading indicators of inflation, my work, suggested inflation in 2010 is going to be higher than the consensus expectation. so the consensus expects inflation to be around 2%. i think it could be over 3% in 2010. and i think bernanke needs to start move towards restraint, in other words, start to move towards some of the excess liquidity driving this inflation. so i think sooner as opposed to later. i actually think that if he starts to move towards restraint wibt might lead to an increase in bank lending, which is sorely acting. but nevertheless, i think he needs to move towards restraint sooner than the consensus believes, not later. >> that's what i wanted to ask you about. we're getting comments in from the fed's bill dudley who says small banks are fuelling the pre
. and with dr. bernanke scheduled to speak tomorrow, our sense is that that trade will be relatively quiet here. a high volume area last week was around 1064 even. we'll probably bing bong back and forth on that trade waiting for dr. bernanke or for further developments in europe. >> what's your view, jamie, about today's trade and whether you believe in the bounce we are likely to get, at least at the open? >> well, i think the most encouraging part is that this rally is coming from european financials. you can see all those works up markedly on yesterday's trade. domestically, local ibs have been overwhelmed by this european crisis. unemployment was a great number on friday. it exceeded expectations. earnings continue to be strong. we seem to have been weighed down by euro. if that turn around and those financials continue to hold these gains, it could be very good things domestically. >> jamie, most of the guys you trade with trade according to technical analysis charts and yada yada. let me run this by you. the day before yesterday, which was a monday, right? yeah. did monday look like a sh
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